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Caring for a compost pile is much like tending a garden. We feed it, we water it, we give it good airflow. And in return, we get to see the magic of our kitchen scraps and yard waste transform into rich and loamy humus before our very eyes.
You can also set some aside for later use by bagging it up and stowing it in a cool, dry place. Leave the tops of the bags open and exposed to air. Every so often, check to make sure the compost is still slightly moist.
Making your own compost is a great way to eliminate waste and save some money to create healthy soil full of rich microorganisms and beneficial components. Having a DIY compost sifter will help utilize your compost to create a homemade seed starting mix or potting soil, or to gently cover your seeds when planting them in the garden.
How or where you locate your sifter can be determined based on the volume of soil. For example, if you have larger amounts, you may wish to hang your sifter from above, allowing you to easily shake the sifter back and forth.
Soil sieves (or riddles) are useful for sifting out large lumps from soil, leaf mould and compost, to leave you with a fine material suitable for sowing seeds like salad leaves and sunflowers, or for potting mixes.
You should aim to make your soil sieve slightly bigger than your wheelbarrow so you can quickly work your way through a pile of compost, directly from the heap. Add a personal touch by painting it a colour of your choice.
One task I happily hand over to my husband, however, is managing our main compost heap. We have a few compost heaps going on all over the yard, all year long, from our vermicompost to our chicken manure to our leaf mold to our tumbler (plus a few piles of dead plants we pull up every season).
To sift our compost, we made a sifting screen out of three 2x4s and a sheet of 1/2-inch hardware cloth stapled to the frame. The reason we have a three-sided frame (instead of a more common four-sided frame) is for ease of use with a shovel.
From the tumbler alone, we usually fill a large trash bin with enough compost to amend a couple of raised beds. The compost is heaped onto the soil as a top layer several inches thick, thoroughly watered in, and left to rest for a few days before we start planting.
Hi, you said you prepare your compost to use twice a year? I am a first time composter & I am wondering other than spring, when do you add compost to the garden? Also what do you do over winter? I could easily continue adding food scraps to my bin, but adding brown material could be a little more challenging.
I also add compost when I rework the garden beds for fall planting. Summer crops like tomatoes and squash are heavy feeders, so the soil needs a good boost of nutrients before cool-weather crops go in. To keep your compost pile going through winter, try to save a good supply of dead fallen leaves and sticks in the fall, shred/chip them, and add them to your greens as needed to balance it out.
A compact worm casting sifter is an essential tool for vermicomposting. It's the perfect solution for separating finished castings from cocoons, baby worms and unfinished material. This allows you to harvest a valuable soil amendment while safely returning the worms and unfinished material back to the composter.
Sifting the contents of your vermicomposter before harvesting also has several benefits to keep your system productive. Sifting prevents gases from decomposing material from building up and bedding material from clumping or compacting. Furthermore, sifting aerates the bedding for happy, healthy worms.
The worm casting sifter has a permanent 1/2" and 1/8" screen that overlap to ensure that only finished castings are harvested. We recommend filling the basket half full when sifting, as the contents can be heavy.
To keep your garden sifter in good shape, regularly apply lubricant (like DW-40) inside and outside of the lid and screens. Regularly wipe down the PVC with lubricant to preven